Gosford City Council’s $11million Cockle Bay Towns Sewerage Project is near completion, with 90 per cent of the project’s 13km of street mains installed and owners of 80 per cent of unsewered properties having signed connection agreements.

The new street mains will transfer sewage to the nearby Kincumber Sewage Treatment Plant and more than 300 unsewered properties across Empire Bay, Bensville and Kincumber South will benefit from the project.

Construction of the project’s sewage pump station is also well underway, with the start of installation of pressure sewer units on properties – including up to 20km in discharge pipelines.

Gosford City Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said that after years of extensive planning and consultation it was great to see the project moving along so well.

“The most pleasing part of the Cockle Bay Towns Sewerage Project so far has undoubtedly been the fantastic response from local property owners and residents,” Mr Anderson said.

“They have really got on board, especially after we secured $4.7million in funding from the NSW Government that will reduce property connection costs by 40 per cent.

“Obviously we would like to see as many owners as possible sign up to connect as soon as this new, modern sewerage system becomes available.”

At this stage, connection to the new sewerage system is anticipated to be available in mid to late 2016.

“From the start we’ve been committed to delivering a reliable, affordable and sustainable sewerage system for these properties in Empire Bay, Bensville and Kincumber South,” Mr Anderson said.

“This commitment has seen a number of initiatives as part of the project including a $100,000 saving by relocating an essential pipeline as well as the use of construction methods that minimise any impacts on the community.

“A number of important public health and environment benefits will flow from this project, especially for the local sensitive waterways, endangered species, oyster growing industry and community.”

The NSW Government funding for the project is being provided through its Priority Sewerage and Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage programs.

Jessica Dickers

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